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BigWoodenSpoon Dec 3, 2008 08:47 AM

Hi everyone,

In my quest to better improve my knowledge for the good of my family, friends & customers,
I was wondering if y'all have any recommendations that don't cost major $$$ in the SF Bay Area?
(The CIA course sounds lovely, but I don't have an extra $750 lying around)
This could be a great gift idea for my family as we're just doing edible gifts this time around.
Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    drumwine Dec 3, 2008 08:37 PM

    A very good comprehensive source is "What to Drink with What you Eat" by Andrew Dornenburg & Karen Page. $750 not necessary.

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      zin1953 Dec 3, 2008 06:43 PM

      1) Google "Tim Hanni"

      2) Google / look at / order Andrea Immer Robinson and her books, "Great Wines Made Simple" and "Great Tastes Made Simple." Also, "Everyday Dining with Wine."

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      1. re: zin1953
        maria lorraine Dec 3, 2008 08:34 PM

        I like Evan Goldstein and his book Perfect Pairings a lot. It's one of the best.

        Where are you, BWS? I'll base my class recs on your location.

        1. re: maria lorraine
          BigWoodenSpoon Dec 4, 2008 07:58 AM

          SF Bay Area: Alameda

          1. re: BigWoodenSpoon
            maria lorraine Dec 4, 2008 11:07 AM

            I recommend you contact Peter Granoff at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant...I've taken several of his classes. He's a wonderful teacher, very clear,and uses food along with the pairings. (Thats what I think is the reason for the cost of the CIA class -- they use lots of expensive food and wine in the classes). Call Peter at the store and talk to him. Peter also does "guest classes" at various wineries around the area.

            Email me at the address on my profile if you'd like other options on classes in the Napa Valley -- day classes, multi-day seminars, multi-week classes, etc.

            I like the Page/Dornenbook also, but have found some of the pairing recs off. Have you read their new book on Flavor?


            1. re: maria lorraine
              wally Dec 4, 2008 11:39 AM

              I find the "Flavor" book much better than the slightly earlier book. I found "Culinary Artistry" very useful as an alternative to creating my own database, but found "What to Drink with What You Eat" not as useful.

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        Brad Ballinger Dec 3, 2008 12:27 PM

        Google "Tim Hanni"

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        1. re: Brad Ballinger
          maria lorraine Dec 3, 2008 08:31 PM


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